This letter was sent to us, anonymously, regarding the Nash County Commissioners meeting on February 1, 2010.
At this morning’s meeting, commissioners again sat silently until a vote was taken on just how to finance the new school construction. They then stuck it to the voters.
The usual procedure, per the N.C. Constitution, for floating a bond, is to list it on the next ballot for voter approval. The idea of getting voter approval to increase our indebtedness started to backfire as governments attempted to take us deeper and deeper into debt and the voters began to reject some of these bonds.
So, our legislature devised a bypass around the people by passing a law whereby some of the public buildings can be listed as collateral for the bonds instead of listing the good faith and credit of the people. By doing this, they can float a bond without ever asking the voters for approval.
At this mornings commissioner meeting, they once again rejected a bond referendum using the excuse of the urgency of the moment. The vote was 4-3 with the four tax and spend democrats voting to take the short-cut. When given an opportunity by Commissioner Wayne Outlaw to assure the voters that a tax increase would not be necessary, the same four democrats again declined to add such a statement to the financing resolution.
Three of these commissioners are up for re-election even though two of them are insulated and protected by racial gerrymandering.
It’s great to know that our county commissioners have no problem saddling future generations with debt.